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I dream of big, black crows that eat raw flesh. Clearly a bad sign.

My year three students went home last weekend and asked their parents what the word cunt meant. It had appeared on a boy's homework. Turns out he had gotten his brother to do it and, because the brother was as stupid as a dead snake, he couldn't do it properly, and instead slipped in a rude work for kicks. I asked said student about the word and he claimed ignorance, and if true or not, it got the class interested. They spent the next five minutes of screaming cunt out at the top of their lungs, getting a feel for the word that, with the exception of one, none of them knew the meaning of. In case you're wondering, I did in fact explain it to them, but told them that they should also ask their parents. They returned this weekend and told me that over half their parents said the word didn't exist. The class have now learnt two things: that cunt is the baddest of the bad words (which is why I love it so) and, perhaps more importantly, that their parents are liars and cannot be trusted from this day forth. I have a warm glow. I am an educator. I make better people. Contact me for my rates.

I am still fascinated by this map:

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I want more people. It's like collecting bubble gum cards and I've only 31.

Lastly, the questions and answers about Australian speculative fiction has been linked around a bit in a few days, and it's bought in some conversation and traffic. I'm linking it here because it's a big post and some of you might've skipped it, but also because it's likely that I won't be talking about this topic any time soon again. I can feel myself getting a bit repetitive, so it might be best to let the topic lie for a while.

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altitudeandwine
Nov. 13th, 2005 10:44 am (UTC)
Thanks for the hilarious cunt story. Good start of the Sunday morning :)
benpeek
Nov. 13th, 2005 10:56 am (UTC)
i am here to provide light and laughter :)
spimby
Nov. 13th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)
There you go. You already had spots on the base and tip of the Florida cock, now you've got the shaft covered as well.
benpeek
Nov. 13th, 2005 11:53 am (UTC)
cool :)
ironed_orchid
Nov. 13th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)
The class have now learnt two things: that cunt is the baddest of the bad words (which is why I love it so)

As part of my campaign to use the word cunt more often and in more places, I like to point out to people that cunt is only the baddest of bad words to middle class prigs. And in fact, but making it the worst word which they never say except perhaps in extreme circumstances and pretty much always in anger, they are actually more sexist than people who use it all the time and for a multitude of reasons, including affectionately. Also, people who say that cunt is the baddest of bad words are also implying that people who use it are immoral, and are thus classist, as it's used much more frequently by working class people.

...and, perhaps more importantly, that their parents are liars and cannot be trusted from this day forth.

Better to learn this one sooner rather than later.
benpeek
Nov. 13th, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC)
As part of my campaign to use the word cunt more often and in more places, I like to point out to people that cunt is only the baddest of bad words to middle class prigs.

my main problem with it, i think, is that it's the female genitals. it's just demeaning to women that the baddest of the bad words is their genitals. and me, i like female genitals. and... well, actually, maybe that sums it up...

(actually, the first half of that paragraph is pretty much the reason why i think people need to use the word more often.)
ironed_orchid
Nov. 13th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my main problem with the idea that the baddest thing you can call someone is a word for female genitals. I like female genitals too, especially my own. I just like to have axillary arguments in which I get to call people sexist, classist, middle class prigs.

As for bad words, I like the way some people refer to the N word or write n-----.
benpeek
Nov. 13th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
the 'n' word? as in nigger? man, i never hear that word.
ironed_orchid
Nov. 14th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
I hear it used by teenage hip hop wannabes. But not really often.

Michael Moorcock uses n----- in Blood which is set in Blioxi and Texas (well, more or less).
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2005 04:06 am (UTC)
well, i should probably clear that up. i hear it in music and on the television and such, but i never hear it coming from people around me.
ironed_orchid
Nov. 14th, 2005 04:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, and I should clarify that by teenage hip hop wannabes I mean kids on the train.

Although it was an unusual enough occurrance for me to take note and wonder "when the fuck did aussie kids start saying calling each other that".

Previously, there was an incident with a crazy person, but that doesn't really count cos of the crazy. There were some US sailors on the train and this crazy guy was muttering to them "we call our niggers 'noonghars'" - which is the local aboriginal word for people - the white crew cut sailor turned to him and said "we don't say niggar where I come from", which was a heartwarming moment, although I suspect it may be that people don't say it out of a sense of self-preservation rather than from anti-racist politics.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 13th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
i had almost forgotten how much fun your classes tend to be. i seem to remember leaving after two days with an addiction to battle royale and an extreme desire to find the anarchists cookbook.
the world needs more teachers like you.
and cunt is a very useful word. all children above 9 years old should at least know it exists.
benpeek
Nov. 13th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
the world needs more teachers like you.

this is true. i make everything better. you are totally right.
norda
Nov. 13th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
I can see the documentary title credits now.... BEN PEEK: KEEPING CUNT ALIVE.

And yes, I put myself on your little mappy thing, too.
benpeek
Nov. 13th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
yay! on the map with you!

it would be a fine documentary about my life.
speshal_k
Nov. 13th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
Mmmm... raw flesh.
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2005 11:33 am (UTC)
your sympathy is much appreciated ;)
speshal_k
Nov. 14th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
Well, obviously it would be better if they cooked you first...
simplykathryn
Nov. 14th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
My youngest came home Friday & told us that someone had written 'F Mrs Hopkins' on the boy's bathroom wall. That's actually what he said, though I can guess what the F stood for. He's in 3rd grade. And, according to him, 'Mrs Hopkins isn't that mean'. Which is a compliment, from a third grader.

:)

And I've added my spot to your map, complete with photo. Joys of modern technology & all that.
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2005 11:34 am (UTC)
yay! more people!

a fine third grader you got, i think. fuck mrs hopkins indeed. heh.
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2005 11:40 am (UTC)
btw, i think you just added your photo, but not your spot. where you are doesn't show.
simplykathryn
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
Well that was silly of me. I've fixed it. I think...
(Anonymous)
Nov. 14th, 2005 10:35 am (UTC)
Not sure if it's a coincedence or not, but the worse swear word in cantonese is one that is also used to describe the female genatilia.

Like creation myths, it seems the way we view the female genitals is also universal.
benpeek
Nov. 14th, 2005 11:35 am (UTC)
yeah, i'm not a bit surprised. sad, really.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 14th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
The french swear word for 'stupid' is also a french word for the female genatilia.

(For those of you that wish to be mean to french people, the word is 'con'.)

More random french swearing trivia... in place of 'fuck' in english, french people say 'putain', which, funnily enough, means whore. Almost everything negative in french has something to do with female sexuality... The virgin/whore distinction in france is scary.
coldecho
Nov. 15th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
I am also mapped, though my balloon appears hiding behind another balloon, because I am just a hairsbreadth north of another mapped individual.

I shall now go running through my neighborhood singing a lively song, in which I replace all the key words with the word cunt. Or maybe, in the case of multiple syllables, words like "cuntly" or "cuntable."

"Unforcuntable... that's what you are...
Unforcuntable, cunt near or far.
That's why, cuntling, it's incuntible, to find some cunt so unforcuntable... "

Alright, not nearly so lively as I envisioned.
benpeek
Nov. 15th, 2005 09:52 am (UTC)
well, it might not be lively, but did you go round singing it?
coldecho
Nov. 15th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
I am ashamed to admit that I only sang it in my apartment, to sound out the way the words flowed. I was distracted by food at the time, so I didn't quite make it to the neighborhood venue. I will try to correct that.

Well, at least my balloon is now filled with appropriate theme music...
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